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Praise for winners' passion and kindness at PCC's Pride Awards

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PCC Pride Award Winners - 21.02.2014

Police Community Support Officers, volunteers and charity workers were amongst the winners at Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens’ latest Pride Awards.

The awards, which took place at Police Headquarters in Portishead on Friday February 21, saw seven worthy recipients presented certificates by the Commissioner for their selfless work in their community.

Families and friends joined their winners to recognise them for various achievements including supporting young people who are at risk of offending, serving the late night economy of Minehead and helping victims in times of need.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The awards recognise these individuals who selflessly care about their community and are working to achieve great things while expecting no reward.

“The commitment of the Minehead CCTV team, the encouragement of Jamie Luck, the perseverance of PCSO Nicola Mitchell, the professionalism of PCSO Linda Ebdon and the dedication of Joe DeGregorio, on behalf of all of Avon and Somerset, is greatly appreciated.

“The genuine passion and kindness displayed by these individuals is exemplary. I hope they are fully aware that they go a long way to making a difference in ensuring the communities we live in are safe.”

Award winners were presented with a certificate by the Commissioner before having lunch with Sue and Chief Constable Nick Gargan.  Lunch was followed by winners and their guests being taken on a tour of the Force Service Centre, where ‘101’ and ‘999’ calls are taken.

Speaking with the recipients over lunch, they told us how they felt about being nominated for a PCC Pride Award.

Volunteers of the Minehead CCTV team said: “We are all very surprised to win this award but also very honoured. Our nomination was extra special because it came from our mentor, a great trainer and a true friend, Keith. It is fabulous to get the recognition and hopefully we can use this as a platform to attract more volunteers to our already stretched team. This is fantastic exposure for us because the large proportions of people in Minehead don’t know we operate there. It is great for the community to see the sort of work we do and hopefully people from all across West Somerset can see how rewarding a role with their local CCTV team can be.”

Jamie Luck, Director of Mentoring Plus said: “It was a massive shock but I feel as though I have won an award on behalf of the 7 fantastic volunteers I work with who give up an evening a week to support those who are most vulnerable. We are also approaching our 15th anniversary, so to have this sort of recognition coincides brilliantly.”

PCSO Linda Ebdon said: “It is brilliant to be a part of the Halcon one team and I am proud to be here today representing them. I think the PCC Pride awards are fantastic scheme because a lot of people’s crucial work in the community can go unnoticed, so I would encourage anyone to a nomination forward for those people out there who work relentlessly for others. My love of the job is enough motivation itself but awards like this go a long way to boosting morale.”

PCSO Nicola Mitchell said: “I feel as though I am just doing my job but to get this award comes as a tremendous shock, I am very proud. I take a lot of pride in my work with the community I serve and I am glad it has paid off. This fills me with so much motivation to continue improving in the job I feel so passionate about. I am truly honoured to have won this award.”

Joe De Gregorio, who run Somerset Motor Project said: “To be given this kind of recognition from the PCC is huge for me and the project with little people really knowing what we do. This is massive for the future of this project, hopefully more people will want to learn and be advocates of our work. More importantly, I hope we can offer support to those who need it most for years to come.”

To see photos from the day visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/aandspcc/

If you would like to nominate someone for the PCC’s Pride Awards visit http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/PCCs-Pride-Awards.aspx 

Posted on Tuesday 25th February 2014
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